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Each of the 45 metal sheets in this wall-mounted collection has a series of hairline grooves that make the portrayed object -- knots, seashells, geometric shapes -- appear three-dimensional when the light hits them. Glen Whitney, one of the founding staff members of the Museum of Mathematics in Manhattan, calls them "computed holograms" created using mathematical formulas. (Nov. 27, 2012)(Credit: Nancy Borowick)

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The new Museum of Mathematics opens in Manhattan

On Saturday morning, Glen Whitney of St. James expects to feel like Willy Wonka on the day the fictional candy-maker opened the doors of his chocolate factory for the first time to a group of gobsmacked children in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory."

Whitney is scheduled to throw open the doors to his long-awaited Museum of Mathematics in Manhattan, welcoming children to be just as astonished by more than 30 interactive exhibits over two floors at 11 E. 26th St. in midtown.

The target age for the museum is fourth through eighth grades, though the exhibits have more advanced explanations for older visitors. School classes can also take field trips to the museum; interested teachers should write to groups@momath.org.

Here are five of the exhibits visitors will experience on a visit to the museum. --Beth Whitehouse